A forum of Catholic Thought

Help families avoid making the choice 'to heat or eat'Debbie Rambo

This month, we at Catholic Charities are hard at work with our many partners to help our clients prepare for the impending chill of winter. Dropping temperatures create a whole host of new needs for our ...

Why poetry mattersJohn Garvey

Richard Wilbur died last month. He was, Dana Gioia said, the finest poet of his generation and the greatest American Christian poet since Eliot. Here's an example of why I liked him so much. It's ...

Supporting signature drives on church propertyRay Flynn

As I learned as a young boy growing up in South Boston, life is about God, family and country. I certainly heard that at Catholic Memorial School in West Roxbury the other day listening to the students. ...

Bruins 2017-2018 editionClark Booth

Whither goest, Bruins? That is the question. And it is only mid-November; not even Thanksgiving yet. Maybe too soon to kiss off an entire hockey season. But not too early to wonder if -- when all's said ...

As the Bard might say....George Weigel

Four centuries after his death, Shakespeare remains a peerless playwright because of his remarkable insight into the human condition. Love, ambition, fear, guilt, nobility, pomposity, patriotism, absurdity, ...

Controversy at St. Mary's, Boston in 1842Thomas Lester

Within Bishop Fenwick's papers is a letter addressed to the parishioners of St. Mary's Church in Boston's North End, dating to the year 1842. The letter addresses his frustrations with events that had ...

Giving to God what belongs to GodRichard Doerflinger

In May, when President Donald Trump issued a long-awaited executive order on religious freedom, reactions were mixed. Some thought it was so vague as to be almost useless. It did not directly address ...

Baseball wrap up 2017Clark Booth

There is a season for everything, the Good Book tells us. But Major League Baseball alone boasts of a season that is endless, perpetual. Seamlessly we now slide from the torrid on the field action -- ...

'You have to decide.'George Weigel

In writing Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II, one of my secondary intentions was to bury two urban legends: that John Paul II asked me to write his biography and that Witness to ...

A tale of two popesGreg Erlandson

There's a quote attributed, probably falsely, to Mark Twain that observes, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes." I suppose it is a sign that I'm getting older, because I'm starting to ...